Uwe Bohm is dead: The man with complex characters NDR.de – Culture

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Actor Uwe Bohm has died aged 60. Born in Hamburg, he played for years at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus. In feature films, he often portrayed villains and difficult characters.

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by Katja Wise

Uwe Bohm was known as a villain in Tatort, from movies like Fatih Akin’s literary adaptation “Tschick” and impressive performances on the theater stage. For about 20 years he performed under the direction of Peter Zadek, first at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg – notably in the musical “Andi” and in Wedekind’s “Lulu”. He then followed Zadek to the Burgtheater in Vienna. More recently, Bohm had lived in Berlin.

Hark Bohm and Peter Zadek trained him as an actor

Actor Uwe Bohm in Hamburg © picture alliance / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk

Actor Uwe Bohm grew up in Hamburg. He lived for the last time in Berlin.

Uwe Bohm did not have an easy childhood. His father was a crane operator in the port of Hamburg and his mother was a housewife. The family broke up, the boy went to a house. Hark Bohm discovered the acting talent of the eleven-year-old during the casting for the television production “I can also build an ark” (1973) in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. The director then adopted the actor, whose birth name was Uwe Grossmann. As a teenager, Uwe Bohm also starred in his cult film “Nordsee ist Mordsee” in 1976.

After school, Uwe Bohm trained first as a painter and varnisher, then as a theater painter. Peter Zadek brings it to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Uwe Bohm played there in the musical “Andi” in 1987, and in 1988 he played Jack the Ripper in “Lulu” by Frank Wedekind. In 1990, he followed Zadek to Vienna. There he played at the Vienna Burgtheater in the “Kaufmann von Vendig”, later he gave the role of Parzival in “Spiel vomfragen oder die Reise zum Sonoren Land” by Peter Handke in a premiere by Claus Peymann.

Uwe Bohm: “Being close to the truth”

“I always try to do it in a way that is close to the truth. A colleague once said to me: “Always 150%, not over the limit, but always up to the limit “. You can do it at work. and it’s very important to me to give it my all here,” Bohm said of his acting. “It’s a lot of fun for me and it will take me further.”

Villain in the “Borowski” crime scene “In the Underworld”

The priest shows Chief Inspector Klaus Borowski (Axel Milberg) and Inspector Alim Zainalow (Mehdi Moinzadeh) where he found his victims in the sewers.  © NDR/Marion von der Mehden

In the crime scene “Borowski in the Underworld” Uwe Bohm plays a priest, behind him Axel Milberg as Commissar Borowski.

In 1988 Uwe Bohm won the Bavarian Film Prize for his role as Jan in “Yasesmin” – a German-Turkish variant of Romeo and Juliet. His other film and television filmography includes roles in “Freistatt” (2015) and “Gold” (2013), in “Der Alte” and in the Tatort. In 2015, he played Claudia Garde’s “Borowski in der Unterwelt” in the Kiel Crime Scene as Catholic pastor Albrecht Maria Benz, who is suspected of murder.

Uwe Bohm’s family ask for privacy after his death

Adopted son of the director, born on January 24, 1962 as Uwe Grossmann in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg According to his family, Hark Bohm died “suddenly and unexpectedly”. His wife Ninon Bohm confirmed the death to the German press agency. “It is with infinite sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, husband, son and great actor Uwe Bohm,” he said in a letter. The family asks for privacy. At the request of the German Press Agency, Bohm’s adoptive mother, Natalia Bowakow-Bohm, confirmed that she had also received the news of the death.

Carsten Brosda and Claudia Roth pay tribute to Bohm’s work

“It is with dismay that I learned of the unexpected death of Uwe Bohm,” said Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Die Grünen). With his impressive acting, he “will be remembered by all of us as an exceptional character actor”.

Hamburg Senator for Culture Carsten Brosda (SPD) responded to the announcement of the death on Twitter with the following words: “What sad news. Uwe Bohm brought us complex and difficult characters.” He was a great Hamburg actor, both in theater and in film and television. “I will miss him and my thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Further information

Director Hark Bohm stands on a ferry dock in Hamburg in 2019. © picture alliance/dpa Photo: Ulrich Perrey

The Hamburg-based producer and director has made cult films such as “Nordsee ist Mordsee” and co-wrote the screenplays for “Tschick and “Aus dem Nichts”.

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